Yesterday’s blog took an unexpected twist.

I wrote it off the back of the title that I’d inputted into my notes app.

Then, having finished it, I scrolled down and saw my original notes which showed I’d had a different intention for the blog.

I was going to talk about what our modern equivalent to the “get out of jail free” card is.

“I’m too busy”.

In twenty years in the fitness industry I’ve definitely seen a shift to this being, by far, the most frequently given reason for not doing something.

And, as I mentioned the other, I get it.

I know you’re busy.

I know there’s only so many hours in the day.

But 20 years of helping people still make progress in spite of their challenges has taught me…………..

This is our go-to justification.

Said often with out any real analysis of how much time is actually needed, our existing schedule and so on.

We’ve kinda been taught to just throw it out as a reason for something not happening.

Not really expecting a response or for someone to question it.


That’s not what I’m here for.

I’m here to ask those better questions.

Ones that may serve you better.

That may help you get to the results you desire.

You might hear my question and decide you’re happy with your original answer.

That’s cool.

I wouldn’t dream of telling someone that they’re “wrong”.

But I will help you question it.

Is it a “get out of jail free” card?

Do you just say you’re too busy without giving it all that much thought?

Is it entirely accurate?

Out of the 10,080 minutes in the week, how many could you reassign if you chose to?

As I mentioned the other day, if you are too busy for that “yardstick” version, then what are you not too busy to do that will still take you in the direction you want to go in?

What changes can you make that take little to no time?

Is that “get out of jail free” card actually doing the equivalent of keeping you in jail?

Much love,

Jon ‘I like Monopoly Deal the most at the moment’ Hall

P.S. You might not realise that you’ve entered jail to some degree. Check if you’d like some help busting out of there 🙂


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.